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Pink diamond sells for over $32 million in Hong Kong

Auctioneers Christie’s said it was the second highest price per carat paid for a pink diamond, next to the five- carat “Vivid Pink” which sold in Hong Kong for $10.78 million in 2009.

world Updated: Nov 28, 2017 20:22 IST
Press Trust of India, Hong Kong
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The 14.93-carat pink gemstone named the “Pink Promise” was sold on Tuesday for an eye-watering $32.16 million at auction in Hong Kong.(AFP file)

An enormous oval diamond named the “Pink Promise” was sold on Tuesday for an eye-watering $32.16 million at auction in Hong Kong.

The 14.93-carat pink gemstone went to an unidentified phone bidder as applause filled the room.

Auctioneers Christie’s said it was the second highest price per carat paid for a pink diamond, next to the five- carat “Vivid Pink” which sold in Hong Kong for $10.78 million in 2009.

However, the diamond failed to sell at the higher end of the auction house’s estimates of up to $42 million.

“It’s a very, very strong price,” François Curiel, Christie’s Europe and Asia chairman, told AFP after the sale. “It really shows that Hong Kong is a very important centre for jewellery today.”

An ongoing anti-corruption drive in mainland China has done little to dent feverish bidding in Hong Kong’s auction houses.

A 1,000-year-old bowl from China’s Song Dynasty was sold for $37.7 million in the city last month, breaking the record for Chinese ceramics.

Earlier this year a giant diamond named the “Pink Star” broke the world record for a gemstone sold at auction when it fetched $71.2 million at Sotheby’s.

First Published: Nov 28, 2017 20:21 IST